BritAsia TV caught up with the cast and creators of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest play, Tartuffe.
The play brings Moliere’s French classic into the context of a Pakistani Muslim family living in Birmingham. Speaking about why he got involved in the play, director Iqbal Khan stated that he was excited about how the play ‘reframes [the classic by Moliere] for a modern audience to set it to speak to a modern Birmingham Pakistan community [as it is] a way of refreshing the play and opening it up to as broad a community as we can.”
Talking about his role, Asif Khan told us that he thought Tartuffe was a joy to play because “he’s just a nasty human being and also very charismatic, very manipulative. He’s basically a character who wears the mask of religion and has found his way into this family and got a grip of the head of the family Imran, the father of the family and manipulates him and everyone to get everything he wants.”
Another cast member, Zainab Hasan, spoke about the essence of the play being revealed at the end of the play, saying “I think that we are living in really complex times in terms of what’s going on socially politically. I think that immigrant communities, Muslim communities, British Asian communities, British Pakistani communities, Asian communities by extension any black and minority ethnic community are stereotyped.” She hopes that people will walk away from the show having learned something about these communities.
Watch the full interview here: